Top 100 Memory Exercises (pg 2)

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21.  Memory Exercises for Seniors
Yes! Video games aren't just for kids and teens. Even senior citizens can play them which will help in improving their memory. There are lots of games like Bejeweled, Solitaire, Brian Age, Flash Focus, Civilization, etc.; all these games are fun, entertaining, make them focus on their reflexes, and keep them agile. Even puzzles, chess, and cards can help.

For our next memory games for seniors, make it a point to read newspapers, magazines, and books on a regular basis. Over time, this cognitive activity will help in preventing memory loss in the future. Also, include as much physical activity as you can to keep yourself active.
These were some memory exercises and games for kids, college students, adults, and senior citizens. If you are facing a more serious problem or can't remember major events and occasions, do make it a point to consult your doctor.
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22.  Lists
Shopping lists help you remember what you want to buy at the store, but they also provide you with an easy memory exercise. After you have written the list, try to memorize the first three items. Keep them in your head until you get to the grocery store. Did you pick them up without looking at the list? Next try for five items and so on. This exercise helps improve your short-term memory.

You can also simply make up a list of unrelated items (for instance tree, book and apple) and try to remember them. Set a time to go back and write down the list. It could be five, 10, 20 or 60 minutes--whatever you think will be a challenge.
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23.  Writing Stories
You can write stories about important events in your life that you want to remember or pass on to your children, or fictional tales to read with your grandchildren. The important part is the writing. Using your vocabulary and going through the thought process of story-writing engages both long-term and short-term memory. It also keeps your hands active and flexible whether you use pen and paper or a computer.
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24.  Matching Games

Matching games are not just for children. These games can help sharpen short-term memory and provide a fun diversion as well. You can use regular playing cards and match based on color, number or suit. You can also choose how many cards to use at one time to decrease or increase the challenge.
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25.  Thinking Games
While not strictly memorization exercises, any game that requires you to think strategically can sharpen your memory. These include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Mah Jong, Scrabble and even Monopoly.
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26.  Hobbies

Hobbies help keep your memory sharp by having you recall steps. Whether your hobby is knitting, ceramics, model airplane building or gardening, there is a certain order that must be followed to have the final result be correct.
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27.  Exercise and Eat Well
While probably a little obvious, I’d bet that the number of people who believe this is common knowledge is very close to the number of people who don’t follow that common knowledge. If you’re not exercising and eating right simply because you don’t know how, well, check out this 15-minute daily workout from 1904 and structure your daily diet like a pyramid. Anything you do to keep your brain sharp can be easily thwarted if you don’t keep your body healthy. A little physical activity and a smart diet will make it much easier for you to your brain in top shape.
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28.  Tell Yourself Stories
Storytelling can be a good way to exercise your brain. First of all, it makes things easier to remember because it puts what you want to remember in a more compelling framework. It gives you a chance to focus on important details and associate emotion with what you’re trying to remember. Even if you’re not telling yourself a story to help retain the information, you’ll still improve your memory just by telling stories in general. Storytelling has been used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. If storytelling can help an Alzeheimer’s patient improve their memory, chances are it can help you.
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29.  Act Like You’re Teaching

You can utilize the skills you already have more effectively by acting like you’re teaching. Rather than just recalling the steps needing to complete the task at hand, act as though you are teaching yourself how to do it. This will help you recall the necessary information better and avoid making stupid mistakes.
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30.  Write Instead of Type More Often

We love our keyboards. They’re much more efficient at getting words on the page than your hand, a pencil, and a notebook. Nonetheless, you can learn more effectively by writing longhand and so you may want to ditch the laptop when you’re acquiring new knowledge. This happens because your brain’s filtering system (the reticular activating system, or RAS) processes what you’re actively focusing on at the moment. Writing triggers the RAS and lets your brain know it’s time to pay attention.
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31.  Practice Simple Maths Every Day
Americans of a certains age remember (fondly or otherwise) a school procedure known as Mad Math Minute, where you’d need to solve as many maths problems as possible in 60 seconds. While it may have seemed annoying then, it was excellent practice that you can still make use of now. While it’s easy enough to create your own Mad Math Minute worksheets, since you’re basically just writing out a bunch of simple maths problems on a piece of paper, I found a Mad Math Minute generator for Mrs. Boguski’s 5th grade class. It probably wasn’t intended for mass consumption on the web, so here are some alternative printable worksheets. The bottom line is this: a minute of simple math’s can help get your brain in shape and make you far less reliant on a calculator.
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32.  Sudoku

By now you’re probably familiar with Sudoku, but just in case it’s a number puzzle game with the objective of filling up a grid of numbers. Check out these instructions to learn how to play. Most people find Sudoku a fun and addictive game, plus it can help improve your problem-solving skills (just not your overall brain health). You can play online, on your iOS device, on Facebook, Android, and pretty much any other platform you can think of.
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33.  Working at your threshold

The more you perform memory exercises, the greater the improvement you’ll benefit from. The strengthen the neurons and synapses responsible for your memory, you’ll simply have to spend some time challenging your memory.

Here’s what you can do: For once, don’t use that grocery list. Try and memorize them instead. Initially, start with 5 items off that list and gradually add one item every 2 to 3 days thereof.

Remembering 5 items should not be a problem but as increase the things you have to remember, you’ll soon have some trouble. That is your memory threshold. Constantly work at overcoming your threshold. This is the same principle of bodybuilding. A bodybuilder will eventually get exhausted lifting a pencil a hundred thousand million times but he won’t grow bigger muscles for it. To build bigger muscles, he has to carry weights that are slightly below his threshold.
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34.  Association and Reasoning

I remember the times when I was in school and I was asked to memorize a bunch of financial formulas. I hate memorizing. So what I did was understand how that formula was formulated. By understanding how it came about, I was able to recall it without actively memorizing it.

In a grocery list example, always tell yourself why you need to purchase a particular item. If you need milk, is it because you want stronger bones or is it because you’re craving for a plate of spaghetti carbonara? Your desires is obviously far more difficult to forget than the list of items in your grocery list. By associating those items with your desires, you’re far more likely to remember them.

Here’s another example: phone numbers. Today, most people would whip out their phones to record phone numbers because they simply can’t remember them. But here’s what you can do: associate phone numbers with a date. Let’s say the phone number is 0422084032.

If say… a hypothetical person would be 32 years old by 04/22/0840, would those numbers be easier to remember? Most experts in memory associate a list of items they have to remember with a story.

So if you need…

A carton of milk

A bag of peanuts

A bag of crackers

A bottle of coke

A clove of garlic

The story would go like this: Mary is drinking milk while eating peanuts while her husband is eating crackers with garlic and drinking coke.

That memory exercise alone would explode your ability to memorize daily items.
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35.  Learning of a musical instrum
Learning a musical instrument is a very good exercise for the brain, since it requires a combination of many brain functions such as memory, learning, movement, feeling, hearing and creativity. That is why the musical abilities of people are often the subject of several investigations of neurosciences.
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36.  Socializing
The more often you talk on the phone or you go with friends and relatives to celebrate and to exchange views, the better the memory you will have. Having a strong social life seems to help maintain your brain functions at a good level. The process of speaking arouses memory. Research proved that regardless of age, those who were socially active had better mental clarity than other people who were not so socially active.
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37.  Emotional Balance
Emotional balance helps to protect the memory from the adverse effects of stress. There are indications that high levels of stress hormones can damage brain cells and the hippocampus (important brain function that regulates memory). The feeling that we are psychologically well slows down the production of these hormones. So it is important to be able to manage stress efficiently and quickly.
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38.  Improve your memory with food
A balanced diet is essential for the improvement of your memory, since it helps to balance the neurotransmitters in the brain. The lack of key nutrients can affect our mental functions, especially memory. It has been found that fruit and vegetables have beneficial effects on memory, because the many antioxidant substances they contain combat the slowing of cognitive functions.
A good breakfast reinforces the short memory. Children who eat breakfast at home are considered to have better performance at school, due to the better functioning of memory. Food rich in complex vitamins B (milk, yogurt, whole grain cereals) contributes to the protection of certain neurological problems, such as the reduction of memory. Finally, other foods that play an important role in enhancing memory are honey, sugar and sweets in general, because they raise the levels of glucose in the blood, which is the main fuel of the brain. Often people who do intellectual work recommend the consumption of sweets.
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39.  Brain Exercise
This game can be a very nice brain exercise, which focuses on prompting your ability to arrange numbers in the right order in a very short time, this game depends on the level you choose. Start with 4 squares x 4, and see how it goes, then you can make it wider as you improve in this brain exercise. Have fun and good luck!

The human brain is able to continually adapt and rewire itself, even at an old age, it can grow new neurons. Severe mental decline is usually caused by diseases, whereas most age-related losses in memory or motor skills simply result from inactivity and a lack of mental exercise and stimulation. In other words, use it or lose it. And this is your chance to use it, in this brain exercise.
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40.  Link / Chain System
Example of a linking process: Picture your leg (Mali) flying out of its knee cap to zap your beard (Zambia). Then picture your beard lengthening to the length of a fishing rod and see yourself as an angler (Angola). You do not manage to catch any fish, so you decide to eat the peas (Ethiopia) you brought along and sit down (Sudan) on a stool. Suddenly, your stool starts wobbling and dancing on its four legs. You catch the dance mania (Tanzania) and go on a high. You shout to your fishing rod ‘Name a beer!’ (Namibia). Your fishing rod opens your box of drinks and pulls out a beer can with the words ‘Chap’ (Chad) scrawled on top.
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